[Balug-Admin] Offer to Film January's BALUG Meeting

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Thu Dec 27 11:30:52 PST 2007

Quoting jim stockford (jim@well.com):

> My guess is that Christian is well aware of licensing
> and permissions legalities.

With one possible exception.  Concerning Google, Inc.'s footage of the
SVLUG event, Christian said:

   The Digital Tipping Point uses by-SA.  I would not recommend a
   by-NC-SA license or any other configuration using the NC restriction, 
   because it means that no one can ever put up any footage on any site 
   that *might* generate revenue in any way, shape or form, not even 
   Google ads, which are rather ubiquitous.

1.  This is not what CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (current version) says, at all.
Its restriction against commercial use is narrowly scoped to the actual
file access, and is covered in section 4(c):

   You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3
   above in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward
   commercial advantage or private monetary compensation. The exchange of
   the Work for other copyrighted works by means of digital file-sharing or
   otherwise shall not be considered to be intended for or directed toward
   commercial advantage or private monetary compensation, provided there is
   no payment of any monetary compensation in connection with the exchange
   of copyrighted works.

So, Christian either didn't bother to read the licence he was commenting
on, or didn't read it correctly.

2.  Even rights specifically denied by an attached licence can be
granted as required for individual recipients.  E.g., I make some of my
works available under GPLv2, but am willing to grant other rights to
people who can explain to me why they need them.

3.  Also, as a special case (to remind people), the _licensor_ is never
bound by the licence terms.  So, Google, Inc. as copyright owner of the
SVLUG Flash video can do pretty much whatever it chooses with that work, 
including putting ads next to it.

> I'd take his assurance that he'll record the event properly, maybe get
> some notion from him as to how he'll approach the speaker wrt use
> rights.

In particular, I'm sure he'll use something less open-source hostile
than Macromedia Flash.  ;->

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